Story by Mark Iyodo
Ghana and Nigeria are expected to sign 9 bilateral agreements intended at deepening cooperation between both West African countries.
The agreements which have been listed to cut across areas such as: Education, Economic Trade and Cooperation, cooperation Agreement to Prevent, suppress and punish Trafficking in persons with emphasis on Trafficking in Women and Children; Bilateral Air Services Agreement was the outcome of The Seventh Session of the Ghana-Nigeria Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (PJCC) which was hosted by Ghana from October 18th to 20th, 2017 in the Ghanaian capital, Accra.
Other parts of the 9 agreements have been listed to include: Cultural Cooperation, Youth Development, Agreement on the Development of Social Economic Zones Investment Relations, Agreement on transfer of sentenced persons and MoU on diplomatic Consultations.
Speaking to IFN TV during the event, The Acting Chief Director of the Ghana Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Mr. Albert Yankey said the agreements were long overdue looking at the cordiality between both countries.
“We share information and then we collaborate. As we speak right now, we are even discussing how to prevent traffickers from sending our nationals to the gulf regions where they go through horrible experiences sometimes”, Mr. Yankey said.
“Well, there is an irony. These are two countries. Look at the market, The Nigerian market, it’s huge. Now look at the market provided by, in terms of Education, by the Ghanaian universities, it’s also very huge. In fact, most of our institutions survive on the revenue that they are gaining from the foreign students. Even courses are now being calibrated in a manner where there is a distinction between Ghanaian students and foreign students”, he went on
The conference had in attendance the Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, H.E, Ambassador Olufemi Micheal Abikoye, Honourable Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Khadija Bukar Ibrahim, who headed the Nigerian Delegation.
Nigeria is expected to host the next session of the commission in Abuja.